Focus on your child’s future – Their visual ability is crucial for school, sport and play Free school readiness screenings October and November 2020

Focus on your child’s future – Their visual ability is crucial for school, sport and play Free school readiness screenings October and November 2020

At World of Vision Optometrists, we strive to achieve the best developmental platform for all children, both on the sports field and in the classroom.  We do our best to ensure that we provide children with all the tools to assist them to perform at their best.  World of Vision Optometrists offers comprehensive visual assessments, corrective and preventative vision solutions.

At least 80 % of what children learn, comes through their eyes.  Vision problems can adversely affect school achievement, sporting ability and social integration.

Today’s children make full use of digital devices, be it for education or leisure. They spend more time doing “near work” such as texting, playing games and watching videos or movies on cell phones.  Prolonged near work can increase visual strain and incidence of nearsightedness. With the added emittance of blue light from screens, their visual systems are exposed to a far greater demand than in the past.

The following signs may be an indication of underlying visual problems:

Near vision:
Holds the book too close or too far from eyes
Frequently changes the distance at which book is held
Blinks frequently
Frequently loses place on page
Confuses words, syllables or letters
Tilts head to one side
Stops reading after a short period of time
Use finger as marker when reading
Lack of comprehension
Headaches and eye pain
Poor concentration

Distance Vision:
Squint eyes and screw up face to see clearly
Bends head forward while looking up at the object
Use head movements to follow an object
Seems to lose concentration when things are explained on board
Closing or covering of one eye
Sensitivity to light
Sitting too close to the TV

Set aside a half an hour, ensure peace of mind for yourself and help build the foundation for your child’s academic achievement in future!

Don’t wait! Play an active role in assessing your child’s vision. We offer free school readiness screenings October and November 2020.

BOOK an appointment today – call 012 653 2288 or email centurion@worldofvision.co.za

The importance of regular eye examinations for your child

The importance of regular eye examinations for your child

Vision plays a crucial part in the development of your child as it assists in both sensory and motor development. It is much more than just being able to see objects up close or far away.

It is important to realise by not identifying problems early; one may affect the normal development of a child.  At least 80 % of what children learn, is seen through their eyes.  Vision problems can adversely affect school achievement, sporting ability and social integration.

Studies have shown that 1 in 4 children of school age and 1 in 20 pre-primary children suffer from visual problems that could affect their performance.

A comprehensive eye examination may identify a visual problem that could prevent the child from achieving his/her full potential.  The sooner the problem is discovered, the greater the chance of correction.  EARLY DETECTION IS VITAL!

One or more of the following signs could indicate that a child has a vision problem. Book an appointment with your World of Vision Optometrist as soon as possible.

Near vision:

  • Holding a book too close or too far from the eyes.
  • Frequently changing the distance at which a book is held.
  • Frequent blinking.
  • Frequently losing a place on a page.
  • Confuses words, syllables or letters.
  • Tilting head to one side.
  • Stops reading after a short period.
  • Using a finger as a marker when reading.
  • Lack of comprehension.
  • Headaches and eye pain.
  • Poor concentration.

Distance Vision:

  • Squinting eyes to see clearly.
  • Bending head forward while looking up at the object.
  • Using head movements to follow an object.
  • Seems to lose concentration when things are explained on the board in front of the classroom.
  • Closing or covering of one eye.
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Sitting too close to the television.

Above signs indicate either a refraction problem (Near-sighted, Farsighted or Astigmatism) – Spectacles will be prescribed, or a visual developmental problem, which can be treated with Visual therapy.

It is advisable to take a child for an eye examination before they take the big step of going to grade R.  After the age of five, children should have their eyes examined at least once a year by a qualified optometrist.

Don’t wait! Play an active role in assessing your child’s vision. Book an appointment today 012 653 2288 or click HERE to book an appointment online.